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Traws Eryri: Conwy’s new 125-mile mountain bike adventure
Crossing Snowdonia’s ruggedly scenic heart, Traws Eryri is the region’s most exciting long-distance cycling route. Leave the road behind, and let the adventure begin.
Launched in August 2023 by Cycling UK, the Traws Eyri (Trans Snowdonia) trail is an epic off-road ride, linking Machynlleth in Powys to Conwy Castle via forest tracks, bridleways and quiet roads. Unlike Sustrans Route 8, which hugs the coast, it wiggles deep into the heart of Snowdonia. Pedalling through spectacular forest, mountain and waterside landscapes, you’ll pass Mawddach Estuary, Coed y Brenin, Betws-y-Coed and Bethesdanew.
With steep climbs and wild, challenging terrain, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Make no mistake, you’ll need a sturdy bike with low gears. But the scenery is next level.
If you’re reasonably fit and fancy covering the entire route in one go, you could complete the trail in three days. Alternatively, you could sample a section. There’s also plenty of potential for diversions, tackling some of North Wales’ most thrilling technical trails.
For further information, visit the Cycling UK website.
Where to stay
Stay in Conwy to feel fresh and ready at the start of your ride, or to enjoy a well-earned rest at the end. There’s cycle-friendly accommodation for all budgets in and around town. Click here to find out more.
Where to eat and drink
Power up for the trail at Conwy’s excellent eating and drinking venues. New arrival Dylan’s on Conwy High Street serves high quality family-friendly fare, while Jackdaw on the High Street and Signatures at Aberconwy Resort & Spa are both recommended by the Michelin Guide. Click here to find out more.
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